Cumbria

Number of Cumbria's neighbourhood policing teams halved

The number of neighbourhood policing teams in Cumbria is to be halved in preparation for budget cuts.

Cumbria Police said the reduction from 21 teams to 10 was needed to save between £15m and £20m over the next five years.

A spokesman for the force said the restructuring plan would result in larger teams.

Working hours will also be altered so that officers are available at times of peak demand.

Police chiefs said they were looking at other ways to save money, including getting staff to share office space with other agencies.

New technology will also be used, to allow officers to complete their administration duties while away from the office.

Smaller budget

Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Graham, responsible for neighbourhood policing in the county, said: "The chancellor announced in his comprehensive spending review that Cumbria Police will need to save between £15m and £20m.

"To meet this challenge we have been conducting a number of reviews to identify how local police can maintain their service on a smaller budget.

"The review has identified that realigning our neighbourhood teams and ensuring our officers are available at times of peak demand is the best way of delivering visible policing throughout Cumbria."

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